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In the Dec. 15, 2017 Issue

Major Food Group's The Grill & The Pool

"We said to [our partner in Major Food Group] Jeff Zalaznick, 'Go get it.' We wanted it. This was Madison Square Garden. The top, the most storied restaurant in New York history. You want that shot."—Mario Carbone

Cover Story

Major Food Group's Major Triumph - When the landmarked space in the Seagram Building, long occupied by the iconic Four Seasons restaurant, became vacant, food-and-wine lovers waited with bated breath. Enter restaurateurs Jeff Zalaznick, Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone. Their sibling dining rooms, the Grill and the Pool, have filled the void in a glorious way
Formula for Success - Major Food Group, which began with a single venue in 2009, now counts more than a dozen hot spot restaurants in New York and beyond. Each concept is unique, but all combine nostalgia with 21st-century sensibilities
Four Seasons Looks Ahead - The much-loved restaurant is in the planning stages for a 2018 comeback that will combine a new home on Park Avenue with the classic menu and ambience that made it famous


Tasting Reports

Enduring Quality in Champagne - The hard work of producers across the region, from small growers to big-name houses, ensures a consistency of quality that keeps these sparkling wines among the world’s elite
Rosé Rising - Pink Champagne is better—and more popular—than ever
Alphabetical Guide to Champagne

WineSpectator.com: More than 300 wines were reviewed for this report. A alphabetical list is available. WineSpectator.com members can access complete reviews for all the wines tasted using the online Wine Ratings Search.

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Learn the meaning of the Champagne label terms "premier cru" and "grand cru" with Duval-Leroy's Sandrine Logette-Jardin.


Pioneers of Pritchard Hill - Fifty years ago, the Chappellet family placed their bets on an isolated region high above the Napa Valley floor. Today, they continue to thrive in what is now one of Napa’s most coveted grapegrowing areas.

WineSpectator.com: BONUS VIDEO: Molly Chappellet presents her 2006 Signature cuvée at the Wine Experience Top 10 tasting.



Wildfires rage through Napa, Sonoma and beyond

WineSpectator.com: Keep up with breaking news as well as the people, places and happenings that wine lovers are talking about.

Appeal Denied for Convicted Counterfeiter
In Brief: Christian Moueix Buys Two Right Bank Estates; Silver Oak Owners Buy Oregon Vineyard
"Vineyards and High Heels" Wins Video Contest


Celebrity Coffee for a Cause - Actors Grace Hightower and Hugh Jackman fight poverty with quality coffee


Small Batch Bitters

Things We Like

Fine Domestic Caviars


Kosta Browne at Hotel Healdsburg; Holiday Cruises on the Rhine
Christmas Markets in Germany
Exploring Asia in Paris

Cellars / Collections

Val Bure and Candace Cameron Bure’s Napa home - Candace Cameron Bure and Val Bure suffuse their St. Helena home with a sense of place


FAQ: Sparkling Wine

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This Issue/Marvin R. Shanken

This Issue - Marvin R. Shanken



Savvy Shopper

Italian Values, Southern Hemisphere Reds and Sherry


James Laube - Home brew escapades

WineSpectator.com: In his blogs, James Laube shares updates from his recent tastings and visits with winemakers, and discusses hot-button issues in the wine industry. Join the conversation with other members.

Matt Kramer - Land and brand

WineSpectator.com: For more of Matt Kramer's provocative essays and lively online discussions. (Only members may post comments but all visitors may read them.)

The Buying Guide

The Buying Guide for this issue is available here.

TOP 100 COUNTDOWN On Nov. 13, we begin unveiling the Top 10 wines of 2017—with videos, tasting notes and more—culminating with the Wine of the Year on Nov. 17 and the complete Top 100 list on Nov. 20. Don't miss the year's most exciting wines!

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